Originally Posted by Darkside Ron Garvin
I think the blame game is kind of a slippery slope bro. Here is why I say that.
So lets say there is a kid who is bullied for his entire life. Lets say that kid is bullied by someone much larger than him, and the parents of both children do as much as a parent in that situation should do but the one child just picks on the smaller child. And now lets say the smaller child has something like selective mutism (which is the same disorder that the person who shot up VT had) so he already likely going to be ostracized, but this just puts more pressure on him, and further makes him an outsider. Lets say at the age of 16 (9 years before someone actually has a brain at full maturity) does a tragic event like a mass shooting... This is obviously tragic but lets see how we can place the blame.
1) You can blame the child who did it which is easy to do because obviously he did it.
2) Even though the parents still did every thing they could the child was able to get a gun, so it's partly their fault because he is under 18.
3) You can blame the bully for ostracizing said child.
4) You can blame society for not protecting this child from bullying.
5) You can blame the schools for a lack of safety.
6) You can blame a lack of a good mental health system.
I could keep going but you get the point. There just is too much blame to go around. Instead of worrying about what went wrong, worry about how to fix it.
I think the only real solution to the problem is to try to stop these things from happening as much as possible via better mental health check ups, and to make sure our children do not feel ostracized (which is the case in most mass shooting). Obviously you are never going to get rid of all the crazies though, these events will always happen. The only way to eliminate shootings is to get rid of guns, which isn't going to happen. Because even if you destroy the thought in one persons mind, you can't always stop it in others. Some people just want the fame that comes from events like this... While you might be able to reduce the chances of an event like this, pretending like you could eliminate them would be vastly naive.